Disciplinary reports published by a news outlet reveal that FBI employees have a nasty habit of sending each other sexually explicit messages — from both personal as well as government-issued cellphones— forcing the agency to comment on the matter.
“The instances described are not unlike those that occur among employees of any other large agency or organization in the country,” a spokesperson for the FBI Office of Public Affairs said in a statement to NBC News. “It is important to note that in an organization of more than 36,000 employees, these disciplinary incidents involve a fraction of one percent of FBI employees.”
The incidents are listed as “misuse of government computer” and “unprofessional conduct” in a confidential quarterly newsletter sent to FBI employees in early January, which was obtained and published by CNN. “Employee used personal cell phone to send nude photographs of self to several other employees,” one of the incident report excerpts describes. “In aggravation, employee’s conduct created office gossip and negatively impacted office operations.”
“Employee used government-issued BlackBerry to send sexually explicit messages to another employee,” another incident report excerpt reads. “In aggravation, employee’s conduct was repeated, intentional, and occurred during work hours.”